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Introduction to Programming with Visual Basic 6.0, Update Edition, An, 4th Edition


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  • NEW - An additional chapter titled “Introduction to Visual Basic .NET,” has been added—The chapter discusses the new features of VB.NET and explains how to transition from VB 6.0 to VB.NET.
    • Gives students and instructors a brief introduction to the new .NET technology.

  • NEW - Two substantial programming projects have been added to Chapters 3 through 14—Screen captures have been upgraded to Windows XP style forms.
  • NEW - Many exercises and examples use real data—This data has been made current.
  • NEW - The discussion of Automation has been revised so that it also works with Microsoft Office 2000 and XP.
  • NEW - Named constants are now covered.
  • NEW - The discussion of VB Script has been revised to be more consistent with the way people currently write Web pages.
  • NEW - The discussion of computers and Windows in Sections 1.2 and 1.3 has been modernized.
  • NEW - Several advances in computers and computer science have been added to the Biographical History of Computing.
  • NEW - In Chapter 12, the use of DAO database technology has been replaced with the newer ADO technology.
  • An expanded discussion of debugging and error-prevention.
    • Prepares students to address these issues in their future programming.

  • Updated and revised real-life data in the examples and exercises.
    • Allows students to relate to, appreciate, and feel comfortable with the material.

  • An engineering supplement can now be packaged with the text.
    • Gives students access to additional examples, exercises, and programming projects.

  • Problem solving techniques and structured programming discussed early and used throughout.
    • Teaches students good programming practices that are in-step with modern programming methodology.

  • Well-chosen examples illustrate each new concept.
  • Carefully designed exercise sets.
    • Reinforces what students have learned and challenges them to make original connections.

  • Practice problems.
    • Gives students many opportunities to practice recently learned concepts.

  • A wealth of learning aids—Includes exercises (with answers), practice problems (with solutions), programming projects, case studies, chapter summaries, detailed appendices.
    • Reinforces understanding and encourages students to explore applications.


  • Copyright 2004
  • Dimensions: 8-1/4" x 10-7/8"
  • Pages: 896
  • Edition: 4th
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-142707-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-142707-5

Assuming no prior computer programming knowledge on the part of the reader, the updated edition of David Schneider's best-selling Visual Basic 6 book now includes an introduction to Visual Basic.NET. This book uses Visual Basic 6.0 to explore the fundamentals of programming in general and to explain how to use Visual Basic as a front end to take control of major applications such as Microsoft Office. A broad range of examples, case studies, exercises, and programming projects gives readers significant hands-on experience. KEY TOPICS: Introducing good programming practices that are in-step with modern programming methodology, this book uses well-chosen examples to illustrate every new concept. It includes carefully designed examples that both reinforce the text and challenge the reader to make original connections. The book also incorporates real, current, and sometimes humorous data throughout to add fun and interest to the overall presentation. The updated edition of Introduction to Programming with Visual Basic 6 includes the addition of "named constants" throughout the book, an update of all the data, and the addition of new programming projects in each chapter. MARKET: An essential reference for every programming professional.

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Table of Contents

Most chapters and with a Summary and a Programming Projects sections.

1. An Introduction to Computers and Visual Basic.

An Introduction to Computers. Using Windows. Files and Folders. An Introduction to Visual Basic. Biographical History of Computing.

2. Problem Solving.

Program Development Cycle. Programming Tools.

3. Fundamentals of Programming in Visual Basic.

Visual Basic Controls. Visual Basic Events. Numbers. Strings. Input and Output.

4. Procedures.

Subprograms, Part I. Subprograms, Part II. Functions. Modular Design.

5. Decisions.

Relational and Logical Operators. If Blocks. Select Case Blocks. A Case Study: Weekly Payroll.

6. Repetition.

Do Loops. Processing Lists of Data With Do Loops. For...Next Loops. A Case Study: Analyze a Loan.

7. Arrays.

Creating And Accessing Arrays. Using Arrays. Control Arrays. Sorting and Searching. Two-Dimensional Arrays. A Case Study: Calculating with a Spreadsheet.

8. Sequential Files.

Sequential Files. Using Sequential Files. A Case Study: Recording Checks and Deposits.

9. Random-Access Files.

User Defined Data Types. Random-Access Files.

10. Graphical Display of Data.

Introduction to Graphics. Line Charts. Bar Charts. Pie Charts.

11. Additional Controls and Objects.

List Boxes and Combo Boxes. Nine Elementary Controls. Five Additional Objects.

12. Database Management.

An Introduction to Databases. Relational Databases and SQL. The Data Grid Control; Creating and Designing Databases.

13. Object-Oriented Programming.

Objects and Classes. Collections and Events. Class Relationships.

14. Communicating with Other Applications.

OLE. Accessing the Internet with Visual Basic. Web Page Programming with VBScript.

15. Visual Basic .NET.

Fundamentals of Visual Basic .NET. Arrays, Sequential Files, and Databases.

Appendix A. ANSI Values.

Appendix B. How To.

Appendix C. Visual Basic Statements, Functions, Methods, Properties, Events, Data Types. And Operators.

Appendix D. Visual Basic Debugging Tools.

Answers to Selected Odd-Numbered Exercises.



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